One hundred pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from chronic urticaria, a debilitating autoimmune disease, Australian business man Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310 lb. man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well– with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind.
FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help him, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with a juicer, vowing only to drink water and freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juice for the next sixty days. A “reboot,” he calls it.
Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. While talking to more than five hundred Americans about food, health and longevity, Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is super obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing — an inspiring tale of healing. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the conventional documentary format to present an uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves.
I really enjoyed this film, Joe Cross is a very funny, likeable and insightful guy. The best part of the film by far, is seeing the transformation of Phil Staples who’s so super obese that he’s almost off of the Body Mass Index (BMI). The pain and suffering that Phil feels is palpable. He’s most definitely someone whose life took a major nose dive. It’s remarkably inspiring to watch Phil lose weight, regain his health and most importantly, reclaim his life.
I can’t recommend FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD enough. If you’re interested in health, fitness, self-help or longevity you’ll love it as well.